Benjamin Netanyahu

Lonely Netanyahu seeks stable coalition partner

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 21, 2013

The leaders of both of Likud’s largest potential coalition partners have said that talks have ground to a virtual standstill.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces his own problems as his effective number two, Avigdor Lieberman, starts a lengthy fraud trial.

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Livni made justice minister

By Zoe Winograd, February 19, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Tuesday night that Tzipi Livni's new political party, Hatnua, will join the Israeli coalition.

Ms Livni has been appointed Minister of Justice and Chief Diplomatic Negotiator with the Palestiniain Authority in the next government.

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Netanyahu's ice cream budget gets frosty reception

By Anna Sheinman, February 15, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent NIS 10,000 (£1,750) buying ice cream in 2012 - a revelation that has caused anger and a backlash from political opponents in Israel.

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Israeli coalition games in full flow

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 7, 2013

Although The most high-profile event this week was the swearing-in of the newly elected Knesset on Tuesday, with a record 48 new MKs, the real action was behind the scenes.

After President Shimon Peres had officially tasked Benjamin Netanyahu with forming a government, coalition talks began in earnest.

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Bibi caught in pincer movement

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 31, 2013

Much to Benjamin Netanyahu’s frustration, the Israeli election’s other two main winners, Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett, looked set to forge a pact over the national service law this week, making it very difficult for the Likud leader’s favoured partner, Shas, to enter the government.

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Sunday Times editor unreservedly apologises for Netanyahu cartoon

By Jenni Frazer, January 29, 2013

Martin Ivens, acting editor of the Sunday Times, has apologised "unreservedly" for the publication of Gerald Scarfe's cartoon of Benjamin Netanyahu this weekend.

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Murdoch apology over Sunday Times Scarfe Israel cartoon

By Jenni Frazer, January 29, 2013

Rupert Murdoch, whose company owns the Sunday Times, has apologised over the Gerald Scarfe cartoon which appeared in the paper at the weekend, calling it "grotesque."

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Sunday Times editor explains 'blood libel' cartoon publication

By Jennifer Lipman, January 28, 2013

The acting editor of the Sunday Times has clarified the paper's decision to feature a cartoon demonising Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the edition published on Holocaust Memorial Day.

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Success for Lapid as support for Netanyahu's Likud falls

By Jennifer Lipman, January 23, 2013

Israel's widely predicted swing to the right was not as dramatic as expected at Tuesday's elections.

The big winner as the Jewish state went to the polls was, according to initial announcements of the results, Yair Lapid's newly formed party, Yesh Atid (There is a Future), which captured 19 Knesset seats.

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Netanyahu rejects Palestinian state within 1967 lines

By Anna Sheinman, January 21, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected the idea of a Palestinian state with pre-1967 borders, saying it would lead to “Hamas 400 metres from my home”.

Mr Netanyahu told Israel’s Channel 2: “When they say, 'Go back to the 67 lines,' I stand against. When they say, 'Don't build in Jerusalem,' I stand against."

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